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Kenobi: Star Wars | [John Jackson Miller]

Kenobi: Star Wars

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
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Publisher's Summary

The Republic has fallen. Sith Lords rule the galaxy. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything….Everything but hope.

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as "Ben," the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben - Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy's last hope - can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi - and the formidable power of the Force - in his never-ending fight for justice.

©2013 John Jackson Miller (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Kir Kanos TN 10-03-13

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    "Great Narration, Uneventful Story"
    Would you try another book from John Jackson Miller and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Definitely Jonathan Davis. It will depend on what the subject matter John Jackson Miller writes about as to whether I would read another one of his books or not


    Would you recommend Kenobi to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the die hard Star Wars fan, yes. But for the casual fan, I would recommend 'Darth Plagueis' instead. While the narration was well done and the story well written, there was nothing extraordinary about it. I found nothing revelational about this particular story of Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi's residency on Tatooine. I expected maybe a revelation that Darth Vader (a.k.a. Anakin Skwalker) had survived their epic encounter or maybe a mentioning of atrocities committed by the newly formed Empire. But, there was hardly a mentioning except regarding known events that occurred in Episode III. We hear his one sided conversations with Qui Gon Jinn, but don't hear his former master's reply. Ben is there to keep vigil while Luke Skywalker grows up, but is evidently doing so at a distance. This story also conveys that Obi Wan is for the most part in an information vacuum in the outer rim on Tatooine. And the story makes it pretty obvious that the will of the Force is to make sure that Ben's true identity as a Jedi Knight is kept a secret, no matter how much trouble he finds himself in.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job of pacing the story as well as varying up the voices enough that you know who is speaking without having to hear or read "Said, such and such character." The sound effects and music that accompany his narration of Star Wars audio books also lends to the telling of the story.


    Did Kenobi inspire you to do anything?

    You mean like hiding out in the desert and talking to ghosts of former mentors? LOL! Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    LIke I mentioned before, Kenobi is a well written Star Wars story, but unfortunately, it isn't very exciting. There are a lot better Star Wars novels to choose from than 'Kenobi.'

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    eric Pingree Grove, IL, United States 09-30-13
    eric Pingree Grove, IL, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow better than expected!"
    Where does Kenobi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to say in the top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasnt Kenobi going out to save the galaxy, just him dealing with normal everyday life.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have liked all of Davis's preformaces. I don't the Star Wars world would be the same if he didnt do it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 05-26-14
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2010

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "I have a GOOD feeling about this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    John Jackson Miller initially wrote this as a comic book story, an area where he excels. Jedi, isolated from the universe. The decision was then made to turn the script into a novel, and it delivers. This is a great look at Kenobi at his finest, balanced between being a warrior, diplomat, and trickster. Another fun thing is that Miller does tie all of the threads together. AS a reader of Star Wars novels and comics you will be screaming for the characters to put two and two together. Fantastic outing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kenobi was great, but "Plug Eye" was fantastic.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    His performance as the Hutt accountant was really unique.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Hooded Stranger


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leland CHERAW, SC, United States 03-08-14
    Leland CHERAW, SC, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. It's a well written tale that walks a wonderful line between being a high noon-esque western and a really awesome Star Wars EU book.


    What other book might you compare Kenobi to and why?

    I find myself reminded of "Darth Plagueis" and "Dark lord: The Rise of Darth Vader". "Kenobi" really does a brilliant job of exploring a single key character to the Star Wars mythology while also mixing in all the outside players perfectly. Which is a another key aspect of what I like about the other two books I mentioned.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have. I've listened to "Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader"," Darth Bane: Path of Destruction", "Star Wars Episode III" and am about to listen to "Maul: Lockdown". And Kenobi is the best of them all. Davis seems the more relaxed in this audio than any of those others. He handles the "other" character brilliantly And as good as his Kenobi was in "Revenge of the Sith", he absolutely embraces the Ewan McGregor style "Kenobi" for this tale. And may I say the production and sound effects mix is the best since "Darth Plagueis". The chapter cut sound effect is especially cool.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Now that's a name I haven't heard for a long time."


    Any additional comments?

    Great overall experience. Listening to this one book is what has not only gotten me back in the mood to listen to audiobooks but more importantly it has gotten me back into Star Wars and the EU-verse. Thank you, Audible. Thank you Random House Audio. Thank you, Mr. Lucas. Thank you too, Del Ray. Thanks for the good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Brunswick, NJ, United States 12-19-13
    Amazon Customer East Brunswick, NJ, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read!"
    What did you love best about Kenobi?

    Kenobi was a well paced story from start to finish, with elements of action and drama mixed nicely. We really get to dive deep into Obi-Won's soul, and learn more about his feeling towards Anakin, and the emotions he felt during and after Episode III.


    What other book might you compare Kenobi to and why?

    Not so much a book, but a classic movie.....The Rifleman.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Davis is the GO TO GUY to narrate Star Wars novels! He captures Obi-Won's voice and character to a tee, and he gives life to the assorted characters in the novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending for sure, after Obi-Won resolves the story's issues/conflicts, and grants himself a measure of forgivness for the actions of Episode II/III.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 09-19-14
    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 09-19-14 Member Since 2011

    I like any kind of books that are smartly written but the narrator is very important!

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    "A very good book!"

    Not your usual star wars with space battles,it is true it is kind of a western story but i found it deep and well written.Jonathan Davis was really excellent,especially Ben Kenobi(sounded just like ewan mc gregor). A bit slow at the beginning but worth the listen. I especially liked the meditations and the spectacular battle scene at the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    spyros 03-22-14
    spyros 03-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Fantasy Novels 4 Life

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    "average Star Wars book but as always great"
    What did you like best about Kenobi? What did you like least?

    Best was that it was Star Wars least it was just average


    If you’ve listened to books by John Jackson Miller before, how does this one compare?

    Same


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davis is the man


    Do you think Kenobi needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes as many Star Wars books as possible


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a credit

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Racine, WI, United States 01-04-14
    Anthony Racine, WI, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. Also like classic literature as well.

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    "Star Wars Meets Spaghetti Western"
    What made the experience of listening to Kenobi the most enjoyable?

    I would say what was the most enjoyable was the fact that the book did not turn out the way I expected. I expected a focus on Obi Wan and baby Luke. The was not the case with the book and it defiently worked.


    What other book might you compare Kenobi to and why?

    I would actually best compare the book to the old western films more than anything else. It is defiently a western with Obi Wan being the mysterious outsider, the dominating presence of a rich land owner, and your town in need of a hero.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He gave each character a very distinct and entertaining voice. This helped me to stay engrossed in the story. The portrayal of Obi Wan Kenobi was excellent as well. It definetly reminded me of the movies.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments where the book focused on Obi Wan's self reflections about the envents of the prequel trilogy and the fall of Anakin. It was nice to see thing from Obi Wan's point of view.


    Any additional comments?

    I would reccomend this book for anyone who is a fan of Star Wars and those who enjoy westerns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E Ballou 11-04-13

    I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.

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    "Solid Story - Poor Production!"

    You can read critiques of the story elsewhere. I'm on Audible so I confine my remarks to the performance and production. Jonathan Davis is just fine for reading this book (and probably others). I enjoyed his reading and pace. Well done, Jon!

    Unfortunately, it's only Jon who gets the three stars. Random House Audio has taken it upon themselves to insist on using sound effects for this book. Unfortunately, their effort is half-hearted at best. They are using sound effects from the Star Wars audio library to bolster each scene for background or ambience.

    Movie fans will instantly recognize what they hear but listeners such as myself quickly perceive the distractions of such sounds and the occasional havoc they play on my car audio system! I found the sound effects entirely unnecessary and the musical interludes, also from the Star Wars library, sometimes misfired.

    In short, I would VERY MUCH like the option to simply hear the book WITHOUT the background noises. I don't need it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 09-07-13
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 09-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!

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    ""What a great Star Wars story!!"
    Would you listen to Kenobi again? Why?

    "Yes......absolutely! It ties in several questions I'd often wondered about, about the 'Tatooine' connection.......


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kenobi?

    Tusken Raider leader referring to the 'great tradegy' in the wastelands.....


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Annalene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far....far...away.....


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the BEST books I've listened to! Easily in the top five!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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